The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
“Reading nurtures the soul, and an enlightened friend brings it solace.”
“He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”
“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us”
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Men are equal it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.
The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery.
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
“It is not improbable that in hot countries, monkeys may have enslaved girls.”
“Indolence is sweet, and its consequence bitter.”
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
“People will continue to commit atrocities as long as they believe in absurdities.”
“We are at the end of all our troubles, and at the beginning of happiness”
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
“In the beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since.”